District Attorney Reopens "Choppergate" Investigation
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According to published reports, former Governor Eliot Spitzer may have been directly involved in an alleged plot to damage the reputation of State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno.
According to the New York Times, the Albany district attorney's office believes Spitzer was involved in the so-called "Choppergate" scandal, despite the former governor's denials.
The Times reports that the Albany D.A. says it was Spitzer who ordered information about the state's top Republican's use of state helicopters to be leaked to an Albany newspaper. A report by state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo found that Spitzer's aides improperly used the state police to compile records of Bruno's flights.
Spitzer was originally cleared of any wrongdoing by Albany County District Attorney David Soares. Soares reopened his investigation after former Spitzer aide Darren Dopp appeared to contradict sworn testimony given to a state commission looking into Choppergate.
A spokeswoman for Soares says his office won't comment on current investigations.
Meanwhile, the Daily News is reporting that Governor David Paterson has not turned over key documents related to the scandal. Paterson says he has not received a formal request for the documents.
A spokeswoman for the D.A. says his office won't comment on current investigations.